November is National Diabetes Month. Dr. Tracy Schauer, Therapeutic Optometrist, encourages anyone who has, or may be at risk for, diabetes to schedule an annual eye examination.
“Diabetes affects 18.2 million Americans, 5.2 million of which may not know they have the disease, “ Dr. Schauer said. “ One of the health problems associated with diabetes is diabetic retinopathy, a disease of the eye which can cause blindness.”
Diabetic retinopathy can weaken and cause changes in the blood vessels that nourish the retina. Symptoms may include blurred vision, cloudiness and/or “floaters”.
“Diabetes also increases a person’s risk for developing other eye diseases”, Dr. Schauer added. Persons living with diabetes are 40% more likely to develop glaucoma and 60% more likely to develop cataracts.
“But the early stages of diabetic retinopathy may produce no visual symptoms at all,“ Dr. Schauer said. “That is why it is so important for anyone who has diabetes or a family history of diabetes to have a yearly comprehensive eye health examination.” “Early detection and treatment are essential,” Dr. Schauer added, “because once damage has occurred, the effects are usually permanent.”
Dr. Schauer practices at Uptown Eye Care located at 560 Cedar Street in Monticello, MN and is a member of Vision Source, the nation’s number one network of private practice optometrists. Founded in 1991, The Vision Source network includes more than 2,600 offices in all 50 states and in Canada.
Contact Us if you would like to schedule an annual eye exam with Dr. Schauer.
Dr Schauer will also be attending the New River Medical Center Diabetes Health Fair this month. For more information click here.
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